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Family that embroider together stays together

This is such a great picture of some of our tribe in their native environment, that I just had to share. Look at the enthusiasm on those faces!!

Only trouble is, the sewing machine was supposed to be for her - but he's having as much fun as she is!!

Awesome display of teamwork from the whole family. Well done team!

 

This IS the App You're Looking For

At the last second, dispair sets in as you realize you forgot to make a sign for the annual lemonade sale! What on earth are you going to do?? Think of the KIDZ!!!

Ok maybe that was a little dramatic, but I just couldn't wait to test out the new "Quick Design App" for Designer EPIC on my Android Smartphone.

You're not going to believe how easy this is. Grab the App from the Google Play Store here, or if you're an iPhone user click here.

Snap a pic, sync to your free account at mySewnet, and you're literally stitching a minute later! Talk about innovations in sewing!

 

And in case you missed it, here's the teaser video...

 

Tony's First Embroidery

If you don't recognize the character in the image - you're probably not a skateboarder. Any skateboarder will instantly identify him as "The Ripper" from Powell Peralta. (See what I did there - Ripper, like Stitch-Ripper, ha ha, wink wink). Anywho I'm a big fan - I've been riding Bones wheels for as long as I've been searching for Animal Chin.

While this isn't technically my first embroidery, it IS the first time that I've embroidered a project of my own, (that I'm totally going to wear) including creating my own .VP3 file.

And I had a _lot_ of fun doing it.

I did a little Gimping with the image before importing into the Embroidery Software. The image was simplified to 4 colours, each colour was broken out into it's own layer, and then each layer was imported one at a time. Once all the layers were in, it was a simple matter to stack them back up, and export to .VP3. Then loaded that file into a Designer Ruby DeLuxe, which proceeded to stomp the stitch-out like Rodney Mullen stomps a kick-flip!

One of the things I figured out early on is that white can be tough to work with on screen - but the finished product is going to come out with whatever colour thread you loaded into the machine. That's why his face is blue on the computer.

And did I mention that Embroidery Software is on sale this month down at Pine Ridge Knit & Sew?

 

In the Hoop

Finished my gift bag today! All made in the hoop! Sew beautiful!
Thanks Laura!

 

Sew Spooky!

This runner from the Art to Heart Table Please book was frighteningly easy (with help from WonderClips).

We’ve adapted it into a placemat for a beginner appliqué class on Friday October 14, 10-3pm!

Learn the basics of applique with this quick and speedy Hallowe’en placemat. Full of tips and TRICKS for beginners but also a TREAT for intermediate quilters.

 

Embroidered Waistband and Shirt Back

What do you get when you give a garment sewer an EPIC embroidery machine? Embroidered waistbands and shirt backs of course!

Laura was litterly giggling when she started changing colours onscreen with a swipe and a tap. The intuitive nature of the touchscreen interface is a dream to work with.

Setup took a bit of effort to get the curved waistband lined up properly with design positioning, but the machine made light work of it once it was underway. Note the use of a top stabilizer.

 

Watch Laura's back for exciting new ideas blending fashion, fit, and embroidery all into one.

It's exciting to watch an expert at play!

 

That was EPIC!

Just wanted to send a big shout out to Sewing Specialist Emily Baker who was here yesterday to help us with an EPIC introduction.

I really have to hand it to the engineering team at Husqvarna Viking. The Designer EPIC represents a meshing of human and machine that we've only just begun to realize. The hardware is effortless behind an intuitive touch screen interface.

The Robotics Enthusiast in me says "Well Done". Here's a machine that carries out complex instructions with minimal fuss.

The Store Owner in me says "Well Done". Here's a product the customers already LOVE that will continue to improve for years to come. That's the kind of product we want to support.

The Husband in me says "Well Done". My wife giggles every time she sits down in front of it.